Out-Foxed by Haley Walsh

Out-FoxedOut-Foxed by Haley Walsh
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  MLR Press, LLC
Novel:  81,000 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

Skyler breaks it off with Keith, a teacher is murdered and a student might be involved through some twisted football initiation; Just another week at James Polk High.

Distraught at being outed, Skyler breaks it off with Keith, but they’ve got other problems. Protesters have gathered at the school and the school board has called a special disciplinary hearing. And as if that weren’t bad enough, Alex is getting into fights and skipping class. Might he be responsible for the murder of a teacher? Did Coach Carson send the boy to do the dirty work out of some twisted football initiation? Skyler knows it all has to stop, and he and his friends are on the trail to find a murderer and discover once and for all what is happening at James Polk High.

Excerpt

This is the third and finally book in this story arc.  There will be other books in the series but this finished the story arc that began the series.  Skyler is still an immure guy.  He doesn’t ever listen to those he should, even when he KNOWS what could happen he actually drags his friends into trouble.   Personally Keith should have dumped him!

So the writing was good.  I love the humor that the author infuses into the story.  The descriptions are fairly good.  I do think that Skyler finds a little too much evidence for real life.  Also I think the author really downplays cops and their roles.  Skyler, who is quite the obvious kind of guy, finds stuff out before the cops in situations where it really doesn’t strike me as happening.  The little book…yeah, I don’t think so.  So realism isn’t real high for me in this book.  The uproar over Skyler’s outing seemed a bit over the top too but I guess I can say I’ve never seen one come out that way.

The characters are fun in the story line though.  The humor and snark is great.  Keith, again not very realistic, was a shallow character; especially given he is a main character.  I think the author did a much better job with even the side characters than with Keith.

I think the story contain within this book ends a bit abruptly.  It feels weak.  The whole situation with the relationship between the two main characters really didn’t give me any satisfaction.  Skyler doesn’t redeem himself in the relationship to me, and Keith just stays on the same track with Skyler that he always seems to be on.  It just doesn’t seem to match the rest of the book.  Skyler produces drama yet that is lacking.  It could be a ploy that the author uses to show the difference in this relationship compared to others Skyler has had but it just didn’t work for me.

The side characters are great.  They seem to really be brought out in this book.  The author seems to have set this up for some good books in the future of the series.  I look forward to them.

rose-3

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I'm a plain Jane who longs to put her imagination to work. I'm not a writer but I like to read.

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014, in Book Review, Contemporary, Crime, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, Three Roses, TJ and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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